When it comes to steamboat I bet most of you think of going for the buffet type first. Although it’s cheaper and you get to eat all you can, the ingredients are often those of cheap and of substandard freshness. Most of the time I leave the restaurant unsatisfied.
Alternatively, by spending 20-30% more you could have a nice steamboat meal at Happy City Steamboat Restaurant just a street away from Carrefour Kepong. As far as steamboat goes this is surprisingly good and the seafood set actually comes with LIVE seafood!
By the way do you notice Kepong and Menjalara area are filled with steamboat restaurants at every corner? There must be an explanation to this..
A few seafood sets are available, broken down according to the number of pax. For a 2-3 pax set, it cost RM79.90 and it comes with tiger prawns, various seafood like scallop, mussels and etc (one of each only), and a choice of flower crabs or a whole fish (choice of Red Snapper or White Pomfret).
Also included in the set is a standard personal set in Happy City, which contains the usual processed food is included but the amount is little so you will definitely feel you are having a proper seafood steamboat. Even then, the processed food tastes a lot better than the rest. I especially liked the Sui Kaw.
The choices of soup here is also not limited to clear and tomyam only. I highly recommend the Drunken Pot @ RM15 (yes, you need to pay for the soup base) It derives the flavor and sweetness from the various Chinese herbs used to cook it like goji berry and Chinese dates.
Best of all it does not feel like you’re purely drinking MSG only, eww. Anyway, a separate bottle of Chinese wine is provided for you to adjust the level of “drunkenness” to your liking.
Actually I did not know or even expected live seafood from the set. So when the tiger prawns arrived covered I was kinda baffled. Then the prawns suddenly moved and jumped, so strong even the cover was toppled. These prawns are as fresh as you could get, to be cooked alive and eaten immediately. Sea fresh too, not those farmed ones.
You know those farmed prawns that always have shells sticking to the flesh? I really dislike those. Compared to these, it’s like heaven and earth’s difference. The shells came off so easily in one piece and the flesh was so firm. Simply delicious.
Big, live, sandless and juicy clams, fresh from the tanks. 200g of it, also included in the seafood set.
We were feeling lazy to peel crabs so we chose fish instead. Plus, we were told that a batch of fresh red snappers just arrived, which was highly recommended by the restaurant. We were sold and did not regret the decision at all.
Like the prawns and clams, the fish was taken from the tank alive and prepared upon order. Its size was huge with plenty of meat, tasted damn fresh and nice. The key is to not overcook it.
The bill came to a total of RM97 for a meal like this (3 pax) inclusive of drinks. I feel the price is justified considering steamboat buffets in this area cost about RM24-26 per pax. By adding a few bucks you could actually enjoy better and fresher seafood so the comparison is a no brainer. The seafood you have here is even fresher than those you buy from the market!
So you could choose to either indulge in high quality food, or stuff yourself silly with subpar quality food. And most importantly I left as a happy customer. No wonder they name it Happy City Steamboat, lol.
Jalan Metro Perdana Timur 2
Kepong, Kuala Lumpur
GPS Coordinates: N3 12.836 E101 38.691
Tel: 03-2552 4849
great pictures and man am i hungry now, good stuff dude=) close to a hundred bucks for three people is nothing to sneeze at but even if it’s half as good it’s as you say i’d be convinced! thanks for the insight, cheers!
Oh! Steamboat… Its been a while i’ve had them. Yeah, Kepong Menjalara area got tons of steamboat restaurants swarming every corner. Tough choice.
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oh hey M@Y, too bad I am not a wine drinker.. but thanks for the heads up :)
since we have to pay for the soup base, we don’t have to pay extra if we a re to add soup right? just out of curiosity.
nope, i think you are not allowed to add soup for free
ops… the extra add soup is totally free
yeah.. the extra add soup is totally free
I swear thats a grouper’s head and not a red snapper’s… lol… the rest of the fish looks like it is from a snapper though.. I’ve caught quite a few groupers and red snapper to know the difference… then again, the market price of a grouper and a red snapper is quite similar.. in some places, groupers might be even more expensive..
Actually in Chinese it’s called 红皂, red snapper right? Do enlighten hehe
i actually passed by this shop last week with my family.. we went to our relative’s party and passed by this shop which is packed with ppl.. i have not been to kepong before until that day, my first impression is that the place near the Carrefour there have a lot of shops and most of them is full with customers during the dinner time.. the food served is really fresh enough to attract ppl i guess..
the fish does looks big eh
hey bro, does this restaurant pork-free?
hi bro this is not a halal restaurant, not pork free too
dangg…can u recommend some other chinese steamboat restaurant or maybe japanese/korean sukiyaki +- bbq.
with no excessive porky or non at all. i have been exploring here for a few days, only to plan my food hunt list for this weekend but still haven’t decide yet which 1 to go. too much gooding stuff here..hehhe :)..
HI, for all ppl would like to buy seafood…i have sell some kind of seafood such as – Lala, ikan pari pari, sotong, Slice abalone, prawn and ostrich meat too.(for you information, my all seafood come from pasar borong so all the price was suppelier price).for interested order stock, we are required you may order early so i can prepare for you…you may contact my phone for more information….my phone number is 017-3099589
The price for 2-3 person set is now RM89.90 (Sept 2012). And thanks for the recommendation =)
Hi, do u have any idea how to get reservation for this steamboat? Please email me for the reply. Thx
Try this number +60 3-2552 4849
the phone number listed in yhour post has been decommissioned. can you update it?
happy city steamboat contact is +603 6259-2046
thanks for review of this steamboat restaurant!
I was pass by this restaurant few times but never feel want to give it a try! never think that they selling fresh seafood for steamboat~~